GIA 180: Snacks galore! Conquering the big game snack spread

Nachos and cookies and hot dogs, oh my!

When you’re trying to make healthier food choices, you may think it’s impossible to not overindulge at parties and celebrations or during holidays that are associated with special food.

Think again. Just taking a few minutes to learn some smart ways to navigate these occasions can save you lots of calories and regret. So, make a plan, prepare and commit to staying with your plan.

You may be ready to gather with your family or friends to watch the big game and dreading the temptation of the snack spread that will accompany it. It’s a three-plus hour food and drink fest. First, keep in mind that the distraction of the game and the people you’re chatting with can foster mindless snacking, so find a spot that puts some distance between you and the food bowls.

Another way to curb the constant snacking is to make a plate and think of it like a meal – once your plate is complete, do not consume more. To minimize the calories that can stack up while drinking alcohol or sodas, take your water bottle and keep it full – you can even add a little lemon juice or calorie free water enhancer for flavor. A piece of sugar free gum can help as well.

Look for the raw veggies and skip the dip. Find some protein, which is filling, such as a bun-less burger. And, don’t be afraid to pack your own food for a party. In fact, use our recipe and take a batch of low carb nachos – and be sure to make enough to share with your friends.

With these tips in your playbook, you’ll come out victorious despite the outcome of the game. GIA 180 offers guided weight loss solutions with a trained coach to help you lose weight. Contact GIA at 865-588-5121 for more information.

1 pound lean ground beef or turkey
20 mini sweet peppers, halved and seeded
1 ½ tbsp. chili powder
1 tsp. cumin
½ tsp. garlic powder
½ tsp. salt
8 oz. shredded cheddar cheese
1 jalapeno, sliced
Toppings such as salsa, avocado, tomatoes and sour cream

Brown meat and spices in a skillet and place pepper halves on a sheet pan. Spoon meat mixture into the pepper halves and top with shredded cheese and jalapeno slices. Broil in the oven for 5-6 minutes or until cheese is fully melted. Add toppings and enjoy.